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Top 5 Cars for Pinays – by Pinay Auto Blogger

Whoever said that all women prefer clothes and makeup over cars should go out more often. Many women love cars just as much as men do. The main difference lies on what women look for when choosing a car.

I, for one, look for a car which is fuel efficient, spacious, reliable, and of course, stylish. I don’t really know much about engine displacement, dipsticks or fenders; but I do know that fuel efficiency is important since I know how much I pay for gas, and something that isn’t easy or fun to drive is a car I wouldn’t want.Speaking of style, it’s mostly the guys who like to trick out their prized vehicles. As the fairer sex, though I’d like my car to be stylish, I’d still want it to be practical, thank you very much.

So let me present to you a short list of cars in the Philippines that I think are easy on the eyes, perfect for a girls’ lifestyle, well-priced, and generously outfitted with the right amount of features – the cars I would recommend for Pinays. Continue reading Top 5 Cars for Pinays – by Pinay Auto Blogger

No “pogi points” for women — Do women with nicer cars become more attractive to men?

I’ve always had this idea that the type of car you drive effects how attractive you are to the opposite sex. For years we may have been referring to this simply as “pogi points” or “ganda points”.  But I never really got definitive proof that it’s actually true… until now.

Attribution link to photo: The Car Spy                      Attribution link to photo: Autoviva.com

Some researchers in U.K. did an actual scientific study. They got a male model, a female model, several volunteers as subjects, and 2 cars. The first car is a silver Bentley Continental GT and the second car is a red Ford Fiesta ST. Of course the Bentley looked much more impressive than the Ford, but the intention was to establish a “neutral status”.  For the research, “neutral status” means a reasonably decent car that the “every day motorist” can afford to drive. The Bentley was considered their “high status”.

They took a picture of the male model posing beside (or inside) each car with the same posture, facial expression, and clothing.  They did the same for the female model. They then showed the male volunteers the 2 pictures of the female model and asked them to rate the girl in terms of attractiveness (from 1 to 10). Afterwhich, they asked the female volunteers to do the same for the male model pictures.

THE RESULT

The findings indicate that the female subjects were affected but the males were not. Here’s the exact quote:

Results showed that the male target model was rated as significantly more attractive on a rating scale of 1-10 when presented to female participants in the high compared to the neutral status context. Males were not influenced by status manipulation, as there was no significant difference between attractiveness ratings for the female seated in the high compared to the neutral condition. It would appear that despite a noticeable increase in female ownership of prestige/luxury cars over recent years males, unlike females remain oblivious to such cues in matters pertaining to opposite-sex attraction.

Based on this study, I gathered some insights on how to become a bit more attractive while dating. For guys — buy, borrow, or rent a nice looking car. For girls — better to invest in things other than your car. Apparently, men don’t care less what women drive.

Source: Br J Psychol. 2010 Feb;101(Pt 1):69-80. Epub 2009 Mar 19. Effect of manipulated prestige-car ownership on both sex attractiveness ratings. By Dunn MJ, Searle R., School of Health Sciences, Centre for Psychology, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK. mdunn@uwic.ac.uk

Test drive: Ford Everest 2nd Gen. 2007-2010 — a non-expert car review

I didn’t like the first generation Everest. To me, it was too much like a truck. Compared to the Pajero and Fortuner, the 1st Gen. Everest looked uninspired and quite dated. I somewhat get this feeling that around 10 years ago, Ford was just desperate to offer an SUV alternative cheaper than the Expedition or Explorer that they took the Ranger Pick-up and fused a campershell to make it resemble a wagon. The result was a “Sport Utility Vehicle” which was a lot more “Utility” and not really that “Sporty”.

Then came the 2nd Gen. Ford Everest. This one is a much better designed vehicle. Smooth, rounded where it counts, and still massive like a Ford SUV should. It still has a truck feel, but this truck is a fashionable one.

Ford Everest 2007 2010
Ford Everest 2007 to 2010. Copyright 2012 Pinoyautoblog.com

Being a “sedan” guy all my life, I found this vehicle initially hard to handle. Driving a car which is long, wide, and tall, I couldn’t see a good part of the road right in front of me; I can barely fit on the narrow side streets in Project 4, QC; and I am sure to scrape a pipe or the ceiling in many of the parking lots in the metro. And don’t even think of parking in Shangrila Edsa Plaza, Citibank Eastwood, or Rufino Tower — the side walls of the parking ramp will most likely be covered with your paint color before you get through. Honestly, for a while then, I was afraid that if I ever lose control of the vehicle, I would literally squash a few cars beneath me. But when i got the hang of it, it totally changed my view on SUV’s.

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Robot Cars Will Soon be a Reality

A lot of the focus around future transport in recent years has been on the kind of fuel that will be used. Will they be hybrid, electric or hydrogen powered? What gets talked about less often is whether cars will need to be driven at all.

Google Street View Camera Car [051-2010_project365]
Creative Commons License photo credit: woozie2010

Once a notion that was connected only to science fiction, the possibility of robotic cars is becoming much more of a realistic one. Every now and then a robotic car is test driven on the roads in public view, but always with a person in the driver’s seat – ready to take over should things go wrong.

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Used Fords

Making the choice to own a used Ford is a wise choice for a number of reasons.  Ford has a mass market and the amount of models and registrations available are vast – you can choose from a far greater selection of used cars than most other manufacturers might offer.  On Motors.co.uk there is currently over 44,000 models available. You can find many Fords online such as the Ford Kuga for sale.

1954 Ford F-100 Interior Logo
Creative Commons License photo credit: JD Hancock

With the sheer amount of Ford’s in circulation parts and repairs are cheap.  With more obscure makes you may pay a premium for simple parts, whereas with a Ford most parts should come at a reasonable price.  As your used Ford may be touching that 3 year old mark, you can begin to start considering MOT costs.  The price of any work done during your MOT could be drastically reduced by owning a Ford and its related well-stocked parts.  When a car gets past a certain age the MOT can become a major yearly outlay.  You may not have a used car warranty giving added importance to the potential cost of any repairs.

This is also generally reflected in your insurance premiums.  If your car costs less to fix, your insurance quote will probably be a lot cheaper.  Models like the Ford Ka fall into the lowest insurance groupings making all round running costs some of the lowest in the class.

The new generation of Ford cars is one of the highest quality fleets any manufacturer has ever produced.  Ford, like a couple of the other larger manufacturers, have hit a time when all of their cars are receiving critical acclaim.

As with all cars you need to carry out the general quality checks.  A data check is advisable to ensure the car has never been written off, stolen or clocked, and an independent inspection from a mechanic is a good way to detect any faults invisible to the untrained eye.

Reviews to Watch Out For: Ford Fiesta S, Mazda2, Hyundai Tucson Re-VGT, Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevy Spark

I’ve been busy these past few weeks, but we’ve been fortunate enough to have test-driven a handful of cars during that time. So far, we’ve been through the usual review rounds with a Ford Fiesta S, Mazda2 and Hyundai Tucson. These next weekends, we have the Hyundai Santa Fe and Chevy Spark.

Checking out fuel efficiency, carrying capacity, proper inflation of car tires, different engine displacements, trims, features and models does take some time, especially for writers like us with deadlines and assignments. Reviews are coming soon, so watch this space.

PH Auto Industry In Danger?

With aggressive auto programs from other ASEAN countries, the Philippines auto industry is in danger of losing much of its business.

Ford Group Philippines (FGP) decision on whether to stay or not in the country depends solely on the government’s auto industry roadmap. According to FGP President, Randy Krieger, Executive Order 877-A, or the Comprehensive Motor Vehicle Development Program is crucial in their stay here.

For vehicle manufacturers to stay here, we should know what the government wants to do and is doing.

Next year, the Ford Focus manufacturing will be transferred from the PH to Thailand. The Escape and Mazda 3 will continue to be manufactured here.

[Article via: Philippine Daily Inquirer |Image via: Ford]

Category Winners of Car of the Year Philippines Unveiled

Although the Car of the Year awarding is still set on April 7 to 10, Topgear Philippines have listed down the category winners but have withheld the Car of the Year to the event itself at the Manila International Auto Show.

The 2010/2011 Philippine Car of the Year category winners are:

  • Ford Fiesta (subcompact car);
  • Chevrolet Cruze (compact car);
  • Hyundai Sonata (midsize car);
  • Jaguar XF (premium midsize car);
  • Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan (sports car);
  • Kia Soul (subcompact crossover);
  • Mitsubishi ASX (compact crossover 2WD);
  • Hyundai Tucson (compact crossover 4WD);
  • Hyundai Santa Fe (midsize crossover);
  • Nissan Murano (premium crossover);
  • Foton MPX (van/MPV);
  • Toyota Alphard (premium van/MPV);
  • Mitsubishi Montero Sport (midsize SUV);
  • and Foton Blizzard (pickup).

As a rule, one of the cars listed above will win the Car of the Year Philippines for 2011.

[Article via Topgear PH ]

Ford export line to add one more model in 2011

The stage is set for an additional model to the latest product offerings of Ford Motor Co. Philippines (FMCP) come next year.

According to Cristino Panlilio, Board of Investments manager, Ford Motor is ready to turn the country to a hub for the newest model. It is yet to be announced whether it is a pick-up or a mini sports utility vehicle.

Additionally, new opportunities with regards to new product programs are being planned for the Philippines. However, FMCP keeps things private for the meantime.

The latest report about the export sale of FCMP shows that it reached 75,000 units for the past eight years.

Since 2002, FMPC has provided Ford Escape, Ford Focus, and Mazda3 to the Philippines, as well as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.